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As the literature from attachment, neuroscience and trauma informed practice continues to explode, I have tried to create resources that will be helpful to mental health providers in your assessment, treatment planning and intervention decision making ... please let me know how these resources may be helpful to you and how I can continue to improve these resources gathered from the current literature I have read ...

My dissertation focused on improving the knowledge, attitudes, and assessment and intervention behaviors of mental health providers who worked primarily with children with externalizing behaviors. Please find below a copy of my final dissertation ... Thanks to Providence Service Corporation for being so engaged and supportive of the completion of this course and research study !!
Allison_s_Dissertation.pdf  1.5 MB

Through my course of study ... I found it helpful to visually think of the phases of treatment for my clients and how the interventions I was selecting should target the client's focus and ability to process information. Looking out so many models, this is my adaption of trauma informed approaches to working with clients who have experienced trauma
Allison_Dissertation_Model_for_Care.pdf  62.8 KB

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has so much information to offer all parts of the system of care in becoming trauma informed and using the best available science to guide the way. Here are some of my favorite NCTSN resources in the area of trauma

NCTSN website:

Emotional Chain of Custody.pdf  48.0 KB
Questions to Ask MH Providers.pdf  28.5 KB
Polyvic trauma symptom checklist article.pdf  2.3 MB

Understanding how to complete a through trauma informed assessment that is in keeping with NCTSN guideline is important for all partners in the system of care to understand. This resource is an excellent training for mental health professionals to begin to explore how they can complete a comprehensive trauma informed of assessment.

"In 2005, the Chadwick Center for Children and Families created the intervention model, Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  TAP incorporates a multifaceted assessment process to enable clinicians to gain an in-depth understanding of the child, their developmental level, their traumatic experience, and the family, community and cultural system in which the child lives.  This information is used to effectively triage and treat the child and family and to assist the clinician in making decisions throughout the treatment process."

TAP Training Home Page

Incorporating good quality standardized assessment tools within good quality clinical interviews is so important to partnering with children and adults and collaboratively developing a meaningful treatment plan ... over time I have scanned the literature for good tools for children and created a table of these tools. Please remember there are so many more !!  I love getting folks emails and being taught about new progessive measurement tools ... so please share (:

Also please check out the NCTSN website on the Links to TIC resources page ... I find them to be the leader in helping us stay current with practical tools. The TAPS training link there is excellent ...
TIC Suggested ASSESSMENT Tools.pdf  119.4 KB
Here is a table of TIC measures for adults I  have collected. Again, please share with me via email if you have more I don't know about ...
TIC_Suggested_ASSESSMENT_Tools__adults_.pdf  109.6 KB

The following is a table I have pulled together of interventions I have found to be effective in working with children who have been impacted by trauma ...


The following is a table I have pulled together of interventions I have found helpful in working with adults who have been impacted by trauma ...

21.5_INTERVENTION_Resource.docx  39.7 KB

Stay tuned ... this is a new website and so I am still working to load all this valuable information ...

Links for Further Learning

CDC and ACES Studies:

Bruce Perry and Child Trauma Academy: 

DAAS or Depression and Anxiety Stress Scales (Peter Lovibond, public domain): 

Online Progress Tracking or OPT, an online measurement system that will let therapists use a variety of measures to monitor their clients’ progress (in development):

Library of assessment measures:

Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT) website:

  • Tools for Clinicians:

  • Tools for Consumers:

  • Trainings:

  • Products:

Hawn Foundation and Teaching Mindfulness to Children/Parents:

Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (Brown, K.W. and Ryan, R.M., 2003) 

NCTSN main website:

NCTSN resource created by Chadwick Group (TAPs Training):

Chadwick Center for Children and Families:

NCTSN Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices webpage:

Practice Ground (Progress Monitoring Tools):
Progressive Counting (Ricky Greenwald and the Child Trauma Institute):

Psychology Tools:

Self-DBT site:

Suicide Risk Factors:

US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

van der kolk’s work with  trauma via The Trauma Center: